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Tech Officer Shuffles at GE, P&G, Intel, IBM, Others Featured

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GE Witnesses Leadership Switches in Technology

Monica Caldas, currently CIO for GE Transportation’s global services and digital solutions teams, will take over as CIO for the entire unit. GE Transportation’s CIO Nancy Anderson moved to the CIO role at GE Power.

Procter and Gamble Announces CIO Changes

Procter and Gamble has appointed Javier Polit as CIO. Polit joins PandG from the Coca-Cola, where he served as CIO of the company's bottling investments group for more than a decade. He succeeds Linda Clement-Holmes, who is retiring after 35 years of service.

Verizon Announces New Operating Structure; Announces Management Changes   

Verizon announced a new operating structure focused on three areas: Media and Telematics, Network and Technology, and Customer and Product Operations. As part of this structure, effective April 3, 2017 the company has hired Hans Vestberg, former CEO of Ericsson, as EVP for Verizon's new Network and Technology team.

Marni Walden will be EVP for Media and Telematics and John Stratton will be EVP for Customer and Product Operations. Walden will continue to lead Verizon's integration and expansion of its telematics (connected car and fleet management) portfolio, through acquisitions of Hughes Telematics, Fleetmatics and Telogis.

The Customer and Product Operations includes Verizon Wireless, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Verizon Partner Solutions, Verizon Consumer Markets and Verizon Business Markets. Stratton will focus on growing these core businesses, while accelerating Verizon's shift toward a digital-first model. Stratton will also lead operations and sales for the Internet of Things products and services, including smart communities.

Intel Announces Executive Promotions         

Intel Corporation announced that Diane Bryant, Murthy Renduchintala and Stacy Smith have been promoted to Group Presidents and Renduchintala has been appointed chief engineering officer. Bryant has been named Group President of the Data Center Group (DCG). She has been leading DCG since 2012 and is responsible for the group's P&L, strategy and product development.

Renduchintala has been named Group President, Client and Internet of Things Business & Systems Architecture Group (CISA), and appointed chief engineering officer.

Smith has been named Group President of Manufacturing, Operations and Sales. He has overseen the company's global Technology and Manufacturing Group and its worldwide sales organization since last fall.

IBM Appoints New CIO and New Chief Digital Officer for IndiaSouth Asia           

VP, IT Fletcher Previn has been named CIO, replacing CIO Jeff Smith. In his previous role Fletcher had responsibility for the desktop computing environment (Windows, Mac, Linux), the employee mobility program at IBM, the IBM intranet, and the Mac, PC, and Box@IBM programs. Before joining the office of the CIO, he led a development team in IBM Sales & Distribution. Prior to joining IBM in 2006, Fletcher managed the Enterprise Systems Group at

IBM has appointed Nipun Mehrotra as chief digital officer for IndiaSouth Asia, and the appointment comes with months of Bob Lord, IBM's first ever chief digital officer, being charged with bringing together the digital business group (DBG). Over the past two years, as the VP for strategy growth initiatives, Mehrotra led IBM's transformational strategy across several areas in Asia & India.

Mastercard’s CIO Promoted to President, Operations and Technology

Mastercard has appointed Ed McLaughlin to President, Operations and Technology. McLaughlin succeeds Rob Reeg, who will move to a consulting role. In this role, McLaughlin will oversee all of Mastercard's technology functions, including the global network, processing platforms, information security and technology operations. For the past 16 months, McLaughlin has served as the company's CIO, directing the development efforts for products and services, implementing the IT digital roadmap, and managing the development of Mastercard's global tech hubs.

SAP Cloud Platform President Named CTO 

SAP Cloud Platform President Bjoern Goerke has been named as new CTO. As CTO, Goerke will advance the company's technology strategy and serve as a key external spokesperson.

UPS Names Juan Perez as Chief Information and Engineering Officer;

UPS named Juan Perez as Chief Information and Engineering Officer. Appointed in March 2016 to the position of CIO, Perez has proven to be a change agent for the organization throughout his 27 years with the company, finding new ways to quickly put technology and engineering into action. Perez also worked with the IT team that developed the On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION) system used by UPS operations to optimize delivery routes to improve service and efficiency.

Qualcomm Goes through CTO Shuflle

Qualcomm announced that Dr. James H. Thompson, EVP of engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, has been appointed to the additional position of CTO. Matt Grob, EVP, Qualcomm Technologies and CTO, will transition to the role of EVP of technology, Qualcomm Technologies.

In addition to leading QCT engineering, as CTO, Thompson will align the companywide technical and product roadmaps across all business areas. He also will have oversight of Corporate R&D and Corporate Engineering.

21st Century Fox Hires Global CISO from Palantir Technologies     

21st Century Fox named Melody Hildebrandt to the role of Global CISO. In this role, she will oversee the protection and risk management for enterprise communications, technologies and assets for 21CF. She joins the company from Palantir Technologies, where she served as EVP and directed the cybersecurity practice.

Phillips 66 Names New Chief Digital and Administrative Officer     

Phillips 66 hired Zhanna Golodryga as SVP and chief digital and administrative officer. Golodryga recently worked as CIO and SVP of services at Hess Corp. She has more than three decades experience in the energy industry.

State Street Announces Technology Executive Appointments          

State Street Corporation named Ravi Arimilli and Pinar Emirdag as SVPs (SVP) within its Global Technology Services group and Kirk Wylie was named SVP and principal risk architect. Most recently Arimilli was at IBM as an IBM Fellow and the chief architect for analytics, big data and block-chain platforms.

Emirdag has joined the company as SVP and head of digital product development. In this role she will oversee the management of crypto and digital currencies and assets, block-chain products and will support the development of new business product opportunities in the company's business lines.

Wylie is the founder of Open Gamma, a derivatives risk software startup launched in 2009, bringing Open Source market risk software to markets and developing proprietary offerings. He will be in charge of technologies employed to standardise risk calculations, hardware acceleration and software deployments appropriate for on-demand, real-time risk analytics.

Lam Research Appoints New Corporate CTO          

Richard A. Gottscho, formerly EVP, Global Products, assumed the position of EVP and Corporate CTO of Lam Research Corporation.

VF Corporation Announces New CIO as Last CIO Retires   

VF Corporation announced that Martin Schneider, VP & CIO will retire at the end of 2017. Sandra Harris, VP, Global Business Technology, will succeed Schneider as VP & CIO. Harris, an eight-year veteran of VF, previously served as VP & CFO, Global Supply Chain, Shared Services, and Direct-to-Consumer for VF.

NTT DATA Appoints CTO for Public Sector

NTT DATA announced it has named Shamlan Siddiqi as CTO of the company’s public sector group. Siddiqi will define and lead the group’s technology, advisory and innovation vision and strategy, supporting its efforts to improve agency outcomes through pragmatic innovations and focused services.

CenturyLink Announces Senior Tech Leadership after Level 3 Acquisition

CenturyLink announced the senior leadership team that will report to Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president effective at the time of closing of the company's acquisition of Level 3 Communications Aamir Hussain, EVP, CTO and network operations, who will be responsible for product development, platforms and infrastructure and information technology. Girish Varma, EVP, IT and managed services, who will be responsible for technology/strategic consulting, big data, managed security services and managed hosting.

Fortis Promotes its Alberta CEO as CIO       

Fortis named Phonse Delaney as EVP, CIO. Phonse served most recently as President and CEO of Fortis Alberta. Prior to that appointment in 2014, he held the position of EVP, Operations, Engineering and IT of Fortis Alberta, a position he held since 2008.

Levi Strauss Appoints CIO from Within Ranks

Chris Clark, global supply chain and business intelligence groups leader, was promoted to SVP and CIO, replacing Roland Paanakker, at Levi Strauss.

Severstal Names SAP Exec as New CIO       

Severstal, a Russian company mainly operating in the steel and mining industry, appointed Sergey Dunaev as CIO of AO Severstal Management and Chief Executive Officer of OAO Severstal Infocom. Sergey Dunaev has worked at SAP SE since October 2014.

Flex Names Qualcomm Exec as CTO and SVP of the Cloud Business Unit

Flex announced Dr. Kevin Kettler has joined the company as CTO and SVP of the Cloud Business Unit, which is part of the Communications and Enterprise Compute (CEC) business group at Flex. Dr. Kevin Kettler is a seasoned industry expert with more than 25 years of experience working across the server, storage and compute market segments, among others. Most recently, Dr. Kettler was a full time consultant in Qualcomm's new datacenter business unit.

Broadcom Exec Neil Kim Joins Marvell Technology as CTO           

Marvell Technology Group announced that Neil Kim has joined the company as its CTO. Prior to joining the company, Kim served as Broadcom's EVP of Operations and Central Engineering. Prior to joining Broadcom in 2000, Neil was VP of Engineering at Western Digital Corporation.

J Sainsbury plc Appoints Phil Jordan as Group CIO  

J Sainsbury plc appointed Phil Jordan as Group CIO. He will join the business in January 2018 and will be a member of Sainsbury's Operating Board. Phil Jordan joins from Telefonica where he was Global CIO and previously European CIO.

News Corporation Announces Tech Exec Changes   

News Corp. announced that Marc Frons has been appointed CTO. He has served in that role in an interim capacity since October 2016. Latha Maripuri, who currently serves as News Corp’s CISO, and Christina Scott, CTO for News UK, have both been promoted to Deputy CTO positions, while retaining their existing responsibilities. Marc Frons joined News Corp. in 2015 as SVP and Global Head of Mobile Platform and Deputy Head of Technology.

KAR Auction Services Announces Thomas Fisher as EVP and CIO 

KAR Auction Services announced that Thomas Fisher has joined the company as EVP and CIO. Fisher brings two decades of customer-focused technology strategy, operations, sales and product development experience to KAR. Working across KAR's end-to-end remarketing platform, Fisher will design and implement an enterprise strategy that leverages KAR's diverse technology assets to rapidly deploy the company's data-driven customer insights and product solutions.

Nokian Tyres Announces New CIO  

Nokian Tyres plc announced that Frans Westerlund has been appointed VP, CIO and Processes. Westerlund, 50, will join Nokian Tyres from Fiskars Corporation where he is currently SVP, CIO, Head of Business Processes & IT.

Staples Appoints CISO from Hewlett-Packard Enterprises
Staples announced Brett Wahlin has been appointed to the role of CISO. Wahlin joins Staples from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he served as VP and CISO


Metso Corporation Appoints Vesa Erolainen as CIO 

Vesa Erolainen has been appointed the CIO of Metso, the industrial equipment and services company. He has a long and successful career within information technology, latest serving as the CIO of Pöyry and before that in CIO and other IT Leadership positions in Myllykoski and UPM. Metso's previous CIO Pirkka Penttinen is leaving Metso on his own initiative.

Hiscox Group Appoints Barclays’ CTO as New CIO

Hiscox appointed Ian Penny as CIO for the Hiscox Group. Ian is currently CTO at Barclays, where he is responsible for the group's IT infrastructure development and has led the bank's cloud computing initiatives for three years.

Bombardier Appoints Jeff Hutchinson as CIO          

Bombardier reported the appointment of Jeff Hutchinson as CIO. Hutchinson has more than 30 years of experience leading and transforming IT organizations at large, matrixed companies including Honeywell, Maple Leaf Foods, SAP and Danone/Dannon.

Vallourec Appoints New Digital Chief fom within Ranks

Premium tubular solutions company Vallourec named Barthélémy Longueville to the position of Chief Digital Officer. As the group puts its transformation plan into action, the CDO's task will be to steer Vallourec's digital strategy. Barthélémy Longueville joined Vallourec in 2006.

Hilltop Holdings Names Toby Pennycuff as CIO     

Financial holding company Hilltop Holdings appointed Toby Pennycuff, former head of IT at Essex Property Trust, as its new CIO. He will work closely with IT leaders across the company’s subsidiaries as he oversees day-to-day IT functions to support the operations needs of Hilltop’s four business units: banking, mortgage origination, financial advisory, and insurance.

RH Appoints CTO and President of RH Digital Innovations           

Retailer RH appointed Prakash Muppirala as CTO and President of RH Digital Innovations. Prior to joining RH, Muppirala served as SVP, Global e-Commerce at Staples.

Magyar Telekom Appoints New Chief Technology and IT Officer   

Hungarian telecommunications company Magyar Telekom announced that Dr. Kim Kyllesbech Larsen, the new Chief Technology and IT Officer of the company. Dr. Larsen, 52, joins the Company from Deutsche Telekom, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President - Technology Economics & Transformation as well as Technology Architecture & Innovation.

Qualys Appoints Mark Butler as CISO          

Qualys, a provider of cloud security, compliance and related services, appointed Mark Butler, a former Fiserv executive, as CISO. Butler will serve as Qualys' lead CISO evangelist. Prior to Fiserv, Butler held roles in global security consulting, independent technical research and comprehensive assessment services as well as several foundational security roles at H&R Block.

Etsy CTO Departs     

John Allspaw, CTO, will be leaving the company and Mike Brittain, VP of Engineering, will be named interim CTO.

Cardtronics Appoints CISO from Bank of America   

Cardtronics announced Dan Antilley has been named its new CISO. Antilley will join Cardtronics from Bank of America, where he served as SVP, Global Information Security Operations Executive.

Vonage Names Exec as CISO 

VoIP service & cloud unified communications company Vonage has appointed Johan Hybinette as the Company's CISO. Most recently, he served as CISO at, a major international managed cloud provider, where he managed the company's vast portfolio of compliance certifications and led the organization's risk and compliance transformation to improve overall efficiency and communications. Prior to, he held both CISO and CTO roles at Schryver Medical.

Progress Appoints Dmitri Tcherevik as CTO 

Progress appointed Dmitri Tcherevik to the role of CTO. In his new role, Dmitri will lead Progress’ technology vision, strategy and evolution across the entire portfolio of Progress products. This includes driving incubation projects, contributing to product roadmaps, working on technology M&A and partnership opportunities. Dmitri will also evangelize the company’s core product strategy and cognitive-first perspectives to the market.

WestJet Appoints CIO from Southwest Airlines

WestJet announced that Craig Maccubbin has been named EVP and CIO. Craig joins WestJet from Southwest Airlines, where he was most recently the CTO. During his 25-year career, Craig has held a number of leadership positions, including CIO for organizations such as Spirit Airlines, and Black Entertainment Television.

Denny’s Taps New CIO from within Industry

Full-service restaurant chain Denny’s Corporation appointed Michael Furlow as SVP of IT and CIO. Prior to joining Denny’s, Furlow served as CIO for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers from October 2015 to April 2017, where he helped improve the company’s business model and environments with effective technology tactics and execution. He previously spent four years as SVP of IT and CIO at CEC Entertainment.

VASCO Data Security International Appoints Jeff Cole as CIO        

VASCO Data Security International appointed Jeff Cole to the position of CIO. Cole has held senior management positions at leading companies in the technology field and most recently served as Senior Director Information Management for CareerBuilder. Prior to CareerBuilder, Cole held various management positions for Discover Financial Services rising through a series of roles with increasing responsibility.

NASA's Chief Cyber Leader Departs

Jeannette Hanna-Ruiz, the space agency’s associate CIO for IT security and senior agency information security official, is leaving after only eight months in the role. Michael Witt, who joined NASA in February 2017, will become acting senior agency information security officer, replacing Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz.

Date Range: March 29th - May 25th

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Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

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She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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